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Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Killing of transgender woman in Dominican Republic highlights need for protection against discrimination

June 8, 2017
Killing of transgender woman in Dominican Republic highlights need for protection against discrimination SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The horrifying killing of a transgender woman in the Dominican Republic – the second such killing this year and 38th since 2006 – highlights the extreme violence faced by many transgender women in the country and the need for strengthened legal protection for...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors

June 7, 2017
Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors MIAMI, USA -- Pan American Finance on Tuesday released the first edition of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, measuring the investment potential in renewable energy for then countries in the region: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala...

US Coast Guard offloads more than $32.5 million of cocaine seized in the Caribbean

June 3, 2017
US Coast Guard offloads more than $32.5 million of cocaine seized in the Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard on Friday offloaded approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following a May 25 interdiction in international waters off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. The seized cocaine is estimated to have a wholesale value of...

Regional trade promoted in the Dominican Republic

June 1, 2017
Regional trade promoted in the Dominican Republic BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional trade is a key component for economic stability across the Caribbean, and greater trade from the agricultural sector could significantly contribute towards the lowering of the regions food import bill from outside of the region. It is in view of this that the Caribbean...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Competition, connectivity and the Caribbean tourism market

May 27, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Competition, connectivity and the Caribbean tourism market When the former US president, Barack Obama, announced in late 2014 that he was easing travel restrictions on US citizens wishing to visit Cuba, a frisson ran through the tourist industry in the rest of the region. Seminars and conferences were hastily convened, papers produced, and Caribbean...

Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

May 24, 2017
Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis? Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it, denied them a range of human rights. The crisis exploded in 2013, after a ruling by...

Jamaica PM concludes successful visit to the Dominican Republic

May 23, 2017
Jamaica PM concludes successful visit to the Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica has signed a visa waiver agreement with the Dominican Republic, one of several bilateral agreements brokered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a recent official visit to the country. The visa waiver will facilitate easier travelling for holders of diplomatic and...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM

May 22, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM A few days ago, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship. Beyond the widely-reported desire of both nations to increase trade and investment, the language contained in the joint...

Dominican Republic energy group signs LNG supply agreement with Barbados

May 13, 2017
Dominican Republic energy group signs LNG supply agreement with Barbados SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The energy group AES Dominicana has signed an agreement to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL), from its AES Andres LNG terminal in the Dominican Republic, according to Edwin De los Santos...

OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy

May 12, 2017
OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will support the Dominican Republic in the development of its national cyber security policy, according to an agreement signed on Wednesday between the hemispheric institution and the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications.

Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico

May 1, 2017
Caribbean nationals among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of a number of Caribbean countries are said to be among 76 criminal aliens arrested in Florida and Puerto Rico. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said its officers arrested 76 criminal aliens recently in an enforcement action targeting...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize

April 13, 2017
Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe on Saturday at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “La Mucama de Omicunlé”.

Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

April 12, 2017
Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016 SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean...

Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean

April 7, 2017
Horse racing continues to thrive in the Caribbean Horse racing has a rich history in the Caribbean: the sport takes place not just on the English-speaking islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, but also in Dominican Republic, Martinique and Puerto Rico. The most prestigious and popular race in the Caribbean is the Clasico...

IMF concludes consultation with the Dominican Republic

March 28, 2017
IMF concludes consultation with the Dominican Republic WASHINGTON, USA -- On March 24, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with the Dominican Republic. The Dominican economy maintained the strong growth momentum of the past three years, which is only now beginning to...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Commentary: We can and do help change the world

February 23, 2017
Commentary: We can and do help change the world It is possible to change the world. In fact, it’s being done, little by little, in every corner of the globe. I just returned from Mission Team 2017’s humanitarian adventure in La Higuera in the Dominican Republic. This work trip is an annual campaign led by St Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton.

Dominican Republic news presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast

February 16, 2017
Dominican Republic news presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the fatal shooting of a radio news presenter and his producer in mid-broadcast on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic and called on the Dominican authorities to identify those responsible for this...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

US Coast Guard repatriates 16 migrants to the Dominican Republic

February 15, 2017
US Coast Guard repatriates 16 migrants to the Dominican Republic SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Coast Guard repatriated a group of 16 migrants on Monday to Dominican Republic Navy authorities in waters just off the Dominican Republic. The repatriated migrants were part of a group of 22 (20 Dominicans, and two US citizens from Puerto Rico), who were...

IMF completes 2016 mission to the Dominican Republic

February 15, 2017
IMF completes 2016 mission to the Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Aliona Cebotari visited Santo Domingo during January 31–February 10, 2017, to conduct Article IV consultation discussions. The mission met with government and Central Bank officials...

Operation Smile Dominican Republic holds week-long volunteer training program

February 14, 2017
Operation Smile Dominican Republic holds week-long volunteer training program SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic -- Operation Smile, an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for people in developing countries who are born with cleft conditions, teamed up with the Dominican Republic Institute of Latin American Concern...

Dominican Republic US congressman makes political history

February 13, 2017
Dominican Republic US congressman makes political history NEW YORK, USA -- New York senator, Adriano Espaillat’s recent electoral victory made him the first Dominican Republican in history to be elected to the United States Congress. Espaillat, became a member of the US House of Representatives from New York’s 13th District and assumed office...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship

February 4, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s president-to-be has said that amongst his first priorities...

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